It's been just over a year since I was ordained and installed as a pastor. I am no longer a "rookie" in the technical sense, though in many respects I continue to bump and feel my way through this ministry as I have for the past year. I've heard it said that it takes 18 months to get settled into a new job (don't ask who said that – I have no idea). Perhaps that is true.
But for the first time in my ministry I can say "I've done this before," in advance of a particular annual event. This first struck me as I saved my sermon for the 4th Sunday in Advent,
and I saw in my computer's sermons folder that I preached on the 4th Sunday in
Advent last year, too.
Christmas Eve? Done that. Annual Meeting? I was there last year. I'm now asking fewer questions and moving forward more confidently, even as I continue to grow into the nuances and unique patterns of ministry at my congregation. And for this I'm excited. It's been a great first year of ministry, and I look forward to many more to come.
FYI, I've changed the manner in which I post my sermons. They now appear on a separate blog with their own feed and email subscription. If you want to get my (more or less) bi-weekly sermons, visit my sermons blog (linked in tab above), and scroll down to the "Subscribe to Sermons" box in the right hand column.